I’m thrilled to see this message from the President. It not only discusses the way lgbt kids are bullied, but also makes a strong statement about bullying in general. It transcends partisanship and attacks an important social issue that has always been around but never taken very seriously.
This morning I received an e-mail from a friend regarding a local vigil that is going to be held in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Doylestown is only fifteen minutes away from New Hope, where I live, and I’d like to support this event any way I can. The E-mail is below.
And, this blog is going purple for the rest of this month! E-pub agent, Saritza Hernandez, posted about “Spirit Day,” a day set aside this month in honor of the gay men who took their lives because they were bullied. Please read her post and support this. It’s important to get the message out that we aren’t going to be bullied anymore.
Dear friends of Doylestown Pride,The 2010 school year just got underway – and for millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth across the nation this is one of the most difficult times of the year. School can be one of the most dangerous and dreaded places for LGBTQ youth. Bullying, violence and discrimination happen daily – often ignored or encouraged by school staff. Tragically in the first three weeks of the school year at least 5 gay youth in the US have killed themselves in response to homophobic and transphobic bullying at school.Dozens of Doylestown Pride friends who have contacted us via email, phone and Facebook to share your grief, rage and deepest concern about this crisis. Together with LGBTQA area youth, we are planning a vigil/demonstration to take place in Doylestown in the next week. Stay tuned for details – we will also be posting updates on the Facebook page for: Doylestown Pride.Please contact us if you’d like to help or have ideas, questions or concerns. Please also speak up and speak out against homophobia and transphobia – and let the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/questioning youth in your life know they are valued and loved. A great resource locally is the Rainbow Room located in Doylestown – Bucks County’s center for LGBTQA youth 14-21 yrs old. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppbucks/rainbow-room-28411.htm
Remember and fight for justice in honor of 5 of the gay youth who have killed themselves in the past 3 weeks: 18 yr old Tyler Clementi (NJ), 19 yr old Raymond Chase (RI), 13 yr old Asher Brown (TX), 15 yr old Billy Lucas(Indiana), 13 yr old Seth Walsh (CA), and the many other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who have taken their lives or had their lives taken from them.
Thank you.marlene Doylestown Pridemarlene pray, MEdDoctoral Candidate, Widener UniversitySocial Justice Sexuality Educator, Trainer & Organizer
** When i dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision,then it becomes less and less important whether i am afraid. ** -Audre Lorde